Grateful Dead Live at Manor Downs on 1981-07-04
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- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Master FOB Audience Cassette: Nakamichi CM700 mics > Sony D5 > DAT > CDR; via Scott Clugston
- 2004-04-26 11:46:32
- Master FOB Audience Cassette: Nakamichi CM700 mics > Sony D5 > DAT > CDR
- Austin, TX
- Manor Downs
Subject: take a lesson or ten.
Bob definitely flubs that line in Jack Straw, and, no, I don't think he did it deliberately - he's just a dork (love ya, Bobby!). It's still fun to hear - I mean, who else but Weir could manage to screw that up? :)
That Playin' is damned near 15 minutes, which is news for *any* Playin' post-'79 - and they jazz it up, here. Bird Song is also noteworthy, post-Space is rockin' awesome. Bobby clearly wants to make up for the Jack Straw lyric flub with an incessant "4th of July" thing on Sat. Night, and, hey, it's fun!
Subject: China-Rider !!
Subject: enjoying this high quality fob
Sometimes you have explore or delve into the lesser known performances to broaden and appreciate the full spectrum of what the band brought from night to night.
Are there better shows? who am I to judge but I will tell you about this gem of performance from any year.
A strong first set beautiful peggy-o, and Quality China Rider.
Second set has a rare birdsong that is extended nicely. The Jam before drumz is Spacy with tight interplay by the drummers.
Jerry is playing unique bluesy chops during NFA, which is the highlight of the show for me. He may have been adjusting his gear because, but keeps coming back with some fierce extended noodleing.
The whole show rounds out nicely with this signiture punchy Fob sound.
Subject: vg rec/bad show for the most part
Subject: Lots of Fun at the Downs
Subject: bandwagon...yooo baaannnndddddwagin
Subject: 81 not a good year
Subject: Forever Special
Subject: Jack Straw riff
Subject: T for Texas, Tea for Fourth of July
You can download the SBD at bt.etree.org. If anyone knows of a Jack Straw with this much energy please let me know, I have looked long and hard for another show where Bobby tears it up like this with no luck.
Subject: Remember the (Lewiston) Maine
Subject: Spot on show for 81
Subject: Great memories
The dead crowd the next week was mellow, trippin and dancin....ahhhh. We all need days like these.
Subject: Weaving in Texas, Fourth Day of July!
Subject: Happy Fourth Yall
Subject: Ignore the batting avg. on this one
Subject: aud vs. sbd
Subject: Must Have Show!
First set Jack Straw and China/Rider are noteworthy.
But the second set is unbelievable!
Stranger/Birdsong/Playin are exquisite. Everyone sounds great. The funky, melodic and intensely psychedelic interplay between Jerry and Bob represents the boys at their very finest.
After 1000s of hours of tapes, the first half of the second set of this show still stands as possibly the best 40 minutes of Dead ever recorded.
Forget the SBD version.
Download this stellar quality audience tape and listen to it like it was meant to be heard.
This set is a must own!
Subject: Stunning Six pack Second Set
When I first listened to this tape, on a scratchy nth generation cassette, mind you, I burst into hysterics. Laughing at the unbelievable performance here! It became a mission to track down a better copy of this relatively unknown gem. The source here is the same I eventually settled on. The first set is good - with a cowboy theme running along many of the songs, and a particularly energetic China>Rider. The second set is a different creature. It is fantastic, a note-for-note odyssey from start to finish. The Stranger is powerful and dips a foot into the space explored later on in a birdsong (what a special setlist location for this one) and playin (listen to Bobby GO!). NFA takes its time rocking out before lyrics break the expansive jam and bring the show to a strong wharf rat and reveling sugar magnolia. One more fourth of July!
Subject: american dead
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